The iconic James Bond character could see a female makeover, and actors like Pierce Brosnan, who have made the 007 role their own, think it’s about time.
The 66-year-old actor stepped into Bond’s shoes four tines, in “The World Is Not Enough,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “GoldenEye,” and most recently in 2002’s “Die Another Day,” and said he was “honored” to play the part.
“James Bond has a certain significance and a deep pride. I will be asked about him until my dying days — it just goes with the territory. He’s a beloved character,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Deauville American Film Festival in France.
“I was honored to play the role and I rejuvenated a franchise that had been dormant,” he added.
When asked about the potential of a female in the lead role, “Yes!” was his enthusiastic reply.
“I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years. Get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting,” he said.
But Brosnan wasn’t so sure everyone in the making of the films would agree and that the change wasn’t likely to unfold with the current producers of the spy franchise.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch,” he said.
In fact, executive producer Barbara Broccoli has been pretty clear that “Bond is male.”
“He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male,” Broccoli told the Guardian last year. “And that’s fine. We don’t have to turn male characters into women. Let’s just create more female characters and make the story fit those female characters.”
Reactions have been mixed to the idea of a female Bond, with rumors flying that actress Lashana Lynch would take over as the next 007 who is currently being played by Daniel Craig.
Craig, who will be portraying the super spy for the fifth time with the 2020 release of “No Time to Die,” was all for a female Bond, telling Variety “of course” when asked if it is time for the change.
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A discussion about a film featuring a sexy female lead would not be complete in woke Hollywood without acknowledging the #MeToo movement, and Brosnan believes that should factor into upcoming Bond films.
“Without question, yes… The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society, so they’ll have to address that,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
However, Brosnan also had praise for the directors Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, who have both been accused of sexually assaulting minors.
The actor worked with Polanski on “The Ghost Writer” in 2010 and dismissed the questions about him as he appeared at the film festival and was honored with a top award. Woody Allen’s “A Rainy Day in New York” was also the opener for the Deauville Film Festival.
“Mr. Polanski and I have worked together,” Brosnan told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s a brilliant filmmaker and so is Woody Allen. We celebrate them as filmmakers.”
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